For patients missing one to three neighboring teeth, dental bridges are a good solution for restoring function and symmetry to the smile. A Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. John Krueger can help you choose the type of bridge that fits your unique functional needs and desired aesthetics. Our office in Palm Harbor, FL, works closely with a trusted offsite ceramic lab to create and place stunning, natural-looking restorations within two weeks.
Why Opt for a Dental Bridge?
For patients with one, two, or three consecutive missing teeth, dental bridges can restore the ability to eat, speak, and smile properly. A dental bridge can also:
- Prevent movement of surrounding teeth
- Realign your bite
- Solve speech problems
- Support facial structure
- Restore your confidence in your smile
During your consultation, Dr. Krueger will assess your gums and the state of your surrounding teeth to ensure that your smile is in good enough health to place a bridge. When recommending the most appropriate treatment, Dr. Krueger will also take into account the size of the gap, the location of your missing teeth, and whether the surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support a bridge. For patients choosing to receive an implant-supported bridge, you must also be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery.
What Makes a Bridge Unique?
Rather than receiving multiple implant-supported crowns, patients can replace multiple missing teeth with a single dental bridge to save time and money. The bridge is customizable to the size of the gap in your smile, your budget, and your desired long-term outcomes. Dr. Krueger works closely with our trusted off-site lab to create high-quality restorations that blend seamlessly with your smile and improve your oral function for years to come. While an implant-supported bridge is held in place using dental implants, Dr. Krueger can also design a bridge which securely attaches to your surrounding teeth via dental crowns.
Placing Your Bridge
On the day of your appointment, Dr. Krueger will first reshape the teeth surrounding the gap to make room for the bridge. He will then take impressions of your smile to send to a trusted, offsite lab recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There, a skilled ceramist will create a bridge customized to your structure and bite with high-quality dental porcelain. They will typically return the finished prosthetic to our office within two weeks. At this point, we can schedule your second appointment to receive the bridge.
Strengthen Your Smile
Delaying treatment for missing teeth can have serious effects on your overall health. A bridge is a natural-looking, customizable tooth replacement option which can help improve the function and form of your smile for up to a decade or more. To schedule an appointment and begin rebuilding your smile, call our office at (727) 240-3481 or submit an online form.